In honor of Father’s Day, this post includes a short excerpt from my first book (ummm my only published book…but I’m trying to keep the hope. ☺)
My sandbox was a gift from Daddy. It was painted bright red and sat beneath the old hackberry trees in our side yard.
I remember feeling at peace with my young world on those sunny, carefree days in my sandbox.
My mind would open up to all kinds of ideas and questions, and from there the wonders of childhood were magnified tenfold.
It was a spiritual experience.
Through the planning and construction of that sandbox, Daddy was probably very well aware that he was giving my creative mind a place to grow and expand. This was one of the greatest gifts I have ever received.
He set me on my course to play among the stars.
Together, we have explored the creek in our backyard and the coastline of the Gulf. We have watched the night skies. He loves the details of life and we share the love of watching bugs at work, flowers in bloom and birds in flight.
I have learned from him that fine points are important.
About 30 years ago, I went with my parents to a party at one of Dad’s best friend’s home. Guess who I met there?
Yeap, it was Lars.
So I guess I also owe that to Dad.
In Larry, I found a mate who has many of the same good traits as my precious father. He is loyal, honest, responsible, hard-working, humorous and enjoys the details of life.
He is a caring father to our Allison.
With my mother’s recent decline, I have been spending more time with Dad and appreciating my loved ones more and more. It’s just another good thing that has come from this tough time with her health.
So, Happy Father’s Day to Mine Daddy and Alli’s Dadda/my partner in parenting, and to all of you men who inspire.
Hug or call your Dad. If you can’t, please accept a hug from me. Fill the void by letting a father figure in your life know that you care. If you have issues with your father, resolve them. Now.
I shall leave you with words from John Mayer:
Fathers, be good to your daughters
Daughters will love like you do